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Friday, March 03, 2006

Cow patties good for more than just tossing!

Scientists in energy-poor Japan said Friday they have found a new source of gasoline — cattle dung.

Sakae Shibusawa, an agriculture engineering professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, said his team has successfully extracted 1.4 milliliters (0.042 ounces) of gasoline from every 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of cow dung by applying high pressure and heat.
While this is pretty cool, you've got to wonder at the expense and if there is any way to make it economical.